Dancers' Career Development (DCD) has been supporting professional dance for over 40 years. We help dancers to make the often difficult transition from professional dancing to a new career by giving them the confidence and skills they need to keep working beyond dance.

DCD is the only organisation of its kind in the UK and is a world leader in dancer transition

Dancers' Career Development proudly presents:

Dancers' Career Development is thrilled to share with you the release of ‘A Dancer's Journey’ - a moving and powerful short film that follows the emotional arc of the feelings faced by dancers as they move towards and through the end of their performing career.

Featuring the beautiful Eve Mutso, DCD supported dancer and former Principal dancer with Scottish Ballet, and written and directed by the visionary Emma Flett, former dancer and film maker.

Find out more about the making of the film and film premiere here.

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Read all our latest news in our November newsletter!

DCD Clore Open Afternoon and Q&A – 7 December 2016

Whether you're thinking of applying for the Clore Leadership Programme’s Dance Fellowship, Emerging Leaders or Short Courses, or just want to find out more, come along to our information afternoon for prospective dance applicants:

When: Wednesday 7 December 2016 at 2-4pm

Where: Here at the DCD Transition Centre (Plouviez House, 19-20 Hatton Place, London EC1N 8RU)

Who: We will hear first-hand from Sharon Armstrong-Williams, Fellowship Manager and Georgina Wadham, Partnerships and Development Co-ordinator at the Clore Leadership programme, as well as Clore Dance Fellow Gosia Dzierzon and Dane Hurst, who completed the Clore Short Course.

This free session will provide an informal opportunity for dancers to find out more about the programme, the application process and ask any questions you might have.

Dancers' Career Development, with support from the Linbury Trust, offers bursaries for independent and company dancers to undertake the Clore Leadership Programme's Dance Fellowship, Emerging Leaders and Short Courses.

Reserve your place now as places are limited!

We'll be live tweeting from the event and taking questions from anyone who can't attend using the hashtag #DCDClore.

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Brenda Naylor Exhibition

Make sure not to miss a very special exhibition of the works of Brenda Naylor, dance sculptor and artist, at the Strand Gallery in London (32 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6BP) from 29 November – 2 December.

Sadly, Brenda passed away earlier this year, but wished for her beautiful remaining bronze sculptures and drawings to be sold, with the proceeds going to her chosen charities. Her family have made arrangements for the exhibition and sale of her work with most of the proceeds to be very generously given to Dancers’ Career Development, for which we are incredibly grateful.

Please do join us at an early evening event at the Strand Gallery on Thursday 1 December where the results from a silent auction will be announced.

For further details of this event, please email You can also view some of Brenda’s beautiful work here.


Our heartfelt congratulations to a number of artists and companies DCD has supported and worked with who have been nominated in the for the 17th National Dance Awards, including Alexander Campbell, Zenaida Yanowsky, Will Tucket, Jonathan Watkins, Russell Maliphant, Vidya Patel, Ballet Cymru and DCD Contributing Companies English National Ballet, Northern Ballet and Scottish Ballet.

DCD at Dancing Wellness Event

DCD will be leading a round table discussion at a two day Dancing Wellness sharing event on 2 December at Sadler’s Wells (the second day takes place on 3 December at Rambert). We will be exploring dancers’ career transitions into creative wellness and the role of dance in lifelong healthy living.

Don't miss this exciting event bringing together different perspectives on dance for creative wellness from the UK and across Europe.

Book here.

Career and Life Transitions in Dance and Sport

DCD’s Executive Director Jennifer Curry attended a ground-breaking two-day international conference in Toronto - LEAP Together – exploring elite athlete and professional dancer transition.

LEAP is a pioneering partnership between Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) and Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSI).

This was a unique opportunity for the sport and dance communities to meet over a common bond – supporting high performers in their career and life transitions.

Here in the UK, DCD also attended the Athlete Futures Event in Coventry earlier this month, organised by UK Sport, the English Institute of Sport (EIS), the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA). The conference saw more than 300 elite athletes, including Olympians and Paralympians, taking part in a range of workshops from how to build a stand out CV to exploring their identity, as well as meeting prospective employers from organisations as diverse as Aldi, Procter & Gamble, the London Stock Exchange and Goldman Sachs.

The shared experience of professional dancers and athletes is an area the DCD is actively developing.

Swedish Performing Arts Career Transition Foundation Launched

We’re delighted that transition support centre Swedish Performing Arts Career Transition Foundation, SOKstiftelsen, has launched in Sweden.

DCD were proud to have met with the Swedish delegation in London earlier this year to share best practice from the UK and hear from DCD supported dancers.

DCD plays an important role internationally in dancers’ career transition, as a founding member of the International Organization for the Transition of Professional Dancers (IOTPD). DCD’s Executive Curry has just taken part in the IOTPD’s annual meeting in Toronto, learning from and sharing with colleagues and experts from Germany, South Korea, France, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Poland, USA, Netherlands and Switzerland about how together we can encourage sustainable post performance careers.

Bringing Dancers Together in Birmingham

DCD’s first ever EVOLVE Birmingham, in partnership with Birmingham Royal Ballet, was a truly inspiring day.

A mix of both independent and company dancers, it was wonderful to bring these communities of dancers together, and as part of building the Birmingham Dance Hub.

Participants shared their own experiences, took inspiration from others and took on practical work, developing personal action plans.

It was moving to hear dancers give each other support and positive feedback, and explore common career and life challenges and experiences, including that of parenthood and transition.

“The bolder I can be, the better it works out. I now feel excited about trying new things”, DCD supported dancer and EVOLVE speaker, Simone Muller-Lotz.

Huge thanks to our incredible DCD supported dancers Simone Muller-Lotz and Josh Tuifua PDTD, RAD RTS, who shared their own honest accounts of their transition journeys.

Make sure to look out for dates of next year’s EVOLVE workshops!

Find out more about EVOLVE.

Royal Opera House Explores Career Transition

The Royal Opera House publishes a piece where two former dancers share how Dancers' Career Development helped them into new vocations beyond the stage.

Check out the article ’Life after dance: Why hanging up dancing shoes needn't be the end of a career’ and the film it links to: DCD’s A Dancer’s Journey, a moving and powerful short film that follows the emotional arc of the feelings faced by dancers as they move towards and through the end of their performing career.

Read the article

The Afterlife of a Prima Ballerina

Photo Credit: Getty + Sven Creutzmann/Mambo Photo

You can read the story of DCD supported dancer Alexandra Ansanelli, who was recently featured in Elle and Harper's Bazaar, in The Afterlife of a Prima Ballerina. DCD was proud to support Alexandra with her studies at Columbia University.

“Having the support such as DCD is a tremendous gift, and benefit. Making such a big leap from the arts into new dimensions of life is quite unique, and the support is invaluable.” DCD supported dancer, Alexandra Ansanelli

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